While 5G architecture is currently grabbing all the headlines, engineers and telecom companies are already looking ahead to even more advances in networking technology after the 5G era.
Sometimes referred to as IMT-2030 or Network 2030, 6G technology is expected to build on the advances of 5G.
Most analysts believe that by 2030, 6G will appear, fueled by the ecosystem of its predecessor, 5G. By then society will have already undergone a bulk of digital transformations. By this time, the internet likely will be capable to meet the economies of diverse services requiring varying parameters of performance, to deliver end to end service level objectives.
For example, the promise of smart city infrastructures will have been delivered, remote patient monitoring a reality, and the AR/VR ecosystem flourishing with a variety of immersive media displays swarming the consumer markets and large volume of AR/VR content made available and distributed over the networks.
With 6G, the technological parameters established by 5G should proliferate as machines perform more tasks on our behalf creating unimaginable amounts of data.
Also, systems engineers predict that the lines between real and digital will get even fuzzier. While virtual, augmented and mixed realities are associated with 5G, 6G will usher in a more holographically rendered world in which communication networks will make distances immaterial.
Understanding what 6G is likely to bring is important now because it will touch every company, agency and industry – including the defense industry.
The U.S. Department of Defense is already speculating about a new transistor technology that makes use of aligned carbon nanotubes. While not functional in the mmWaves of 5G technology, 6G’s centering in the higher terahertz (THz) wave spectrum above 95Ghz, could produce these semiconducting transistors that would exponentially improve performance, speed and efficiency of Radio Frequency electrical signals.
For the DoD, this could impact a wide sphere of military systems to include radar, electronic warfare systems and a wide-range of combat essential sensors.
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